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  1. To get the ball rolling… “第三 ? 一 三設 五號” I’m not sure what O is meaning.
  2. First glance, right side “京都” (Kyōto)! Will have a second view later on… …left side starts with “塗字口“. Not sure about the last kanji, so I spared it out. Hope somebody more knowledgeable chimes in!
  3. Second pic down left (as a wild guess) “拾ニ番”…. Still working on the rest.
  4. It seems to be “安政” (Ansei), “加州清光” (Kashū Kiyomitsu), like Mark suggested.
  5. Saw it after zooming in….thx!
  6. Dear Moriyama San. I initially had “古河” for Furukawa. What have I overlooked?
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    New yoroi acquisition

    Try to get the Japanese version first….
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    New yoroi acquisition

    No problem, but as Piers mentioned, there are a lot Yoshihisa as also Nobuie recorded...
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    New yoroi acquisition

    Congratulations, a very nice armor David! The appraiser (seemingly “宗介”) has picked out the oldest smith’s recorded with that names, “吉久“ and “信家”. That said, a Myōchin has papered the work of two Myōchin craftsman, you know These origami, as the whole Myōchin genealogy, is to be taken with a grain of salt. What I’m trying to say is, the attribution is rather questionable!
  10. Hard to tell from the pictures you provided, Max. From what I can see, I would put it in the Edo period…maybe earlier stage?!
  11. Thanks a lot for the clarification Moriyama San! I couldn'd find another reading and found a supposed backup at the "Japaneseswordindex" page. Please see below.... The following swordsmiths are considered to be members of the Ikkansai group. The first 5 mainline smiths usually included 'Ikkansai' in their signatures. 1. Shigetoshi (繁寿) 1.1. Masatoshi (正寿) / Masafusa (正房) 1.1.1. Motohiro (基広) 1.1.1.1. Masamoto (正基) 1.1.2. Shigetsugu (繁継) / Masateru (正輝) 1.1.2.1. Toshihiro (寿広) / Yasuhiro (靖広) / Kunimori (国護) 1.1.2.1.1. Tsunatoshi (恒寿) / Toshimune (寿宗) 1.1.2.1.2. Uju (宇寿) 1.1.2.1.3. Kamikuni (神国) 1.1.2.1.4. Chikafusa (親房) 1.1.2.1.5. Mitsuhiro (光広) 1.1.2.1.6. ? (林幸太郎) 1.1.2.1.7. Masatoshi (正寿) / Hiromoto (広元) 1.1.2.1.8. Mitsuyasu (光保) ** 1.1.2.2. Shigemasa (繁正) / (繁政) 1.1.2.2.1. Masayuki (政幸) 1.1.2.2.2. Masatsune (正恒) 1.1.2.2.3. Ichibun (一文) 1.1.2.3. Masataka (正尊) / Noriaki (徳顕) 1.1.2.4. Okimasa (起正) 1.1.2.4.1. Masaaki (正和) 1.1.2.4.2. Kiyoaki (清和) 1.1.2.4.3. Masasumi (正澄) 1.1.2.4.4. Yoshiaki (喜昭) / Masamitsu (正光) 1.1.2.4.5./1.1.2.1.7. Masatoshi (正寿) / Hiromoto (広元)
  12. A nice pair, Julian! I would place it to the mid/late Edo period. Sparrow and bamboo (as hijigane in your case) are known themes for mon, but I couldn’t find an exact match at the moment. Tekkō and kanmuri ita are adorned with the flaming jewel motive (hōju). A Buddhist symbol to which one ascribed a wish fulfilling effect.
  13. ….and no Neo or Nagasone 😉 So what’s left? To open the usual Myōchin drawer, Soshu appears indeed as a possibility. The problem is, that we also have to consider the independent makers. Let me compare some examples from the archives….
  14. Your cheap endoscope does a good job, Julian! Quite good workmanship with 6 rows of rivets. Unfortunately, no mei….
  15. Settsu, Kanei (1624-1644)!
  16. Chinese fake, I agree! Tsuba: “信盧口“ (口=?) Nakago: “前次忠吉郎” Now somebody can give it a try
  17. Agreed, I rather would put it in the Myōchin corner.
  18. Allegedly yes, Graham! There is no proof so far, but the age could match.
  19. Hi Graham, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to assess an age to these adornments (maedate, ushirodate, sashimono.....etc) based on pictures of this quality. However, I agree with you about the Wakisaka armor. Beseides the "1,5" Wakisaka gusoku in my posession, I can roughly trace the numbers you mentioned. Beyond that I would like to hold back with further comments in public. Not because there is nothing to say, but because the sale is still pending....
  20. The “price tags” on many of the armors and armor related items are...let me say…”quite optimistic”. Yes Jon, some nice pieces amongst the lots, but as usual, buyer beware!!!
  21. Hi Andrew, if you now not totally discouraged by the above statements, then try Hawley/Chappelear “Mon, The Japanese family crest” (a quite useful standard work)! There are others available on the western market, but you have to start somewhere. The big Japanese books are mostly expensive and hard to navigate for a non native speaker….
  22. Yes Ed, it reads “近藤光保” (Kondō Mitsuyasu)!
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